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Uighurs are making shoes for Nike in Chinese forced labour factories, report claims

Uighurs are making shoes for Nike in Chinese forced labour factories, report claims

China’s Uighur minority is allegedly manufacturing shoes for Nike and products for dozens of the world’s largest brands in factory conditions that “strongly suggest” forced labour, according to a new investigation by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).Nike, Apple and Adidas were identified by the ASPI investigation as being among 83 well-known brands who reportedly had a Uighur workforce in their supply chain.Between 2017 and 2019, the Canberra-based Institute estimates that at least 80,000 Uighurs were transferred from their homes in Xinjiang province and assigned to...

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Chinese expansion across Pacific faces key test in Kiribati election with island just 1,300m south of Hawaii

Chinese expansion across Pacific faces key test in Kiribati election with island just 1,300m south of Hawaii

The eyes of the world’s major powers are resting on the remote Pacific atolls of Kiribati this week as its 110,000 inhabitants go to the polls in a bitterly contested presidential election that will define whether the nation aligns itself with China or the West. Polls opened on Monday across the 32 atolls that are dispersed across 1.3 million square miles in the central Pacific, but the results will not be released until Tuesday. A win for President Taneti Maamau, the pro-Beijing incumbent, would be a victory for China, helping it to consolidate its hold over the strategic country, whose...

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Beijing attacks 'colonial' mentality after Boris Johnson offers citizenship pathway to 3m Hong Kongers

Beijing attacks 'colonial' mentality after Boris Johnson offers citizenship pathway to 3m Hong Kongers

China today accused Britain of a "colonial mentality" after Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised to let up to three million Hong Kongers into the UK if  Beijing proceeds with a controversial national security law. “The UK has recklessly commented on Hong Kong and made groundless accusations to interfere in Hong Kong affairs,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.“China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and opposition, and has lodged stern representations with the UK.”The comments came after Mr Johnson wrote an article for The Times and South China Morning Post saying that Britain...

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Hong Kong police probe defends officers right to use force

Hong Kong police probe defends officers right to use force

A long-awaited watchdog report investigating complaints against the Hong Kong police on Friday largely exonnerated officers’ use of force during last year’s turbulent pro-democracy protests and concluded that the Chinese-ruled city appeared to be getting dragged into an “era of terrorism.”The 999-page report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was immediately dismissed by rights groups and opposition politicians who have called for an independent inquiry overThe IPCC studied police actions based on more than 1,700 complaints of misconduct, neglect of duty and assault...

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#MilkTeaAlliance: New Asian youth movement battles Chinese trolls

#MilkTeaAlliance: New Asian youth movement battles Chinese trolls

When Chinese Twitter users hounded a Thai celebrity over social media posts about the and Chinese territorial claims, it sparked a fierce battle with Thai youths that could have easily gone down as another forgettable online squabble. Instead it appears to have been the catalyst for a growing pan-Asian online movement.Led by a younger generation, the movement is united in an effort to stand up to ’s authoritarian government and the bullying behaviour of nationalist trolls. The new wave of online opposition to Beijing’s policies in Asia comes from social media users who are already pushing...

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Singapore to introduce 'floating hotels' for foreign workers to curb coronavirus

Singapore to introduce 'floating hotels' for foreign workers to curb coronavirus

Singapore is preparing to quarantine hundreds of foreign workers in “floating hotels” typically used by the marine industry as it struggles to contain a second surge of the Covid-19 virus now spreading rapidly through the city-state. On Sunday, infections topped 2,500, with the biggest source of new cases emerging from the tens of thousands of migrant South Asian workers who underpin the economy through manual labour andThe sudden rise in cases has been a blow to the Southeast Asian nation of 5.7 million, which had been globally lauded in the first phase of the pandemic for keeping the...

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